1801 Tasting Notes
Do your non-tea friends automatically assume you love chai? Me, too. However, this was a pleasant surprise—little bag passed on from a friend in a Republic of Tea-ish cylindrical tin, but with both RoT and Harry & David labeling. Can’t find a good description on either website, although it shows up as a “Pick Two Teas” option at H&D.
All that to say, it’s your standard average mishmash of chai spice ingredients, with the addition of apple. And the apple makes it exceptionally good. Pie with lots of cinnamon. Homemade red cinnamon apples. Mmmmmm!
First experience with was “pleasant and tasty, but not stellar.” Kicking that assessment up several notches after adding a small blip of almond milk. Just what this needed to turn the caramel into Brach’s Milk Maids…the fresh ones out of the bin that are still squooshy…and to accentuate the sharpness of the apple. As always with CS flavors, it’s better a) bag-in, b) double bagged, c)in a small cup or a combination of all three. This evening, small cup was all it took.
Post-holiday glums usually hit me in the gut like a sack of wet potatoes, so I made a preemptive herbal strike yesterday and bought an ounce of St. John’s Wort. As herbal medicinals tend to taste like tree bark, I dumped an experimental teaspoon in with a second steep of my Bonita Peach green rooibos. It worked—no bitterness and enough fruit flavor left to make it somewhat tasty. Next time I’ll go halvesies with some fresh leaf.
First experience with a green rooibos here…I think I like it, but the fruit flavors are so strong it’s a bit hard to tell what’s what. Product name notwithstanding, the blend doesn’t lead with “peach;” it’s fruity confetti with the strawberry and orange flavors equally evident. A little too elegant to saddle it with a Froot Loops description, but close.
Desperate times—in this case, just enough snow to add a little fluff to tree branches and lawn, but to make it so damp and chilly my bones are cold—call for desperate measures. In this case (shh, don’t tell!) cocoa. Husband makes a reasonable Starbucks signature cocoa clone by mixing two grocery store packets of different flavors in one mug. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate with a Christmas Marshmallow Peep floating on top. Sweet enough to trigger a sugar coma, but a tasty change of pace.
Laziness on my part: there’s a listing for what I’m drinking as part of a set…those inexpensive gift tea sets where the tins are prettier than the tea tastes…but I don’t remember the brand name. It’s a cheapie bagged orange/green tea from the set. Lots of pith and peel taste that can run to bitterness if you’re not careful, but I strongly prefer pithy orange flavor over tart, make-your-eyes-bleed citrus sourness.